Latrobe fifth-graders sign names to steel beam placed in new school
Greater Latrobe School District marked a milestone in construction of the new Latrobe Elementary School Monday as fifth-graders signed their names on a beam that will be one of the last steel members placed in the two-story building.
Taking part in the ceremony were district administrators and 116 fifth-graders, representing the first class that will graduate from the new building as sixth-graders next school year.
The $24.8 million school, bounded by Lincoln Avenue and Ligonier, Cedar and Cherry streets, is expected to open in August 2018 for about 800 students in grades K-6. It will replace a century-old school several blocks away on Ligonier.
Crews have been making good progress on the elementary construction, and a large crane that has been used in the steel framing should depart within the next few weeks, said Kurt Thomas, the district's director of operations and planning.
George Dickerson, construction site manager for the Foreman Group, said Monday that steel erection was about 90 percent complete. The signed beam will be placed near the building's main gallery, part of connecting hallways, he said.
Crews from Pennsylvania Roofing Systems arrived Monday to begin work on the roof while subcontractor RAM Acoustical Corp. placed sheeting on exterior walls of one of two classroom wings.
“We have our partition walls being built on the inside of the classroom wings,” Dickerson said. “The mechanical contractors are in the building now and setting some of their pieces in place.”
With the building under roof, interior work can continue through the winter.